Foxdown Farm opens gates to the public

Foxdown Farm
Adrian and Shelley Strawbridge with their sons Dylan, James and Bradd

FOXDOWN Farm – set on the top of the beautiful Marshwood Vale, in West Dorset, with far reaching views across to the Jurassic Coast – has now opened its gates to the public.

Owner and founder Adrian Strawbridge has lived and worked on the farm since he was a very young boy, following in his dad Jim Strawbridge’s footsteps. He inherited a passion for farming and a love for his animals, which he loves to share with others.

Adrian’s wife Shelley is a primary school teacher and has a wealth of experience and skills with young people, including children with additional needs. Shelley has also developed a passion for her animals and loves to work outside. She is also Level 3 Forest School trained.

Together Adrian and Shelley make a great team, combining their skills and experience, with help on the farm from their three sons, Dylan, James and Bradd. They also have an excitable but very friendly and loving black Labrador named Rex and a ginger cat called Alfie who may also like to say hello!

Foxdown has been a small, family-run, working farm for the past 40 years. Adrian has long had ideas to diversify the farm and open to the public – so that people can enjoy his animals and also the beautiful view as much as he and his family does on a daily basis. Now they are welcoming families having opened to the public on July 25.

Foxdown Farm will offer visitors a close-up and personal experience, with a guided tour by a member of staff and time to browse the farm at your leisure. There will be time for you to stop for refreshments enjoy a children’s play area, as well as animal feeding, grooming and expert talks.

Foxdown will be open to the public Monday to Saturday with two time slots for visitors per day. Entry costs £10 per person and is free for under 2s – book by visiting the website, call 07793 037937 or email

There are also plans to open for school and pre-school visits when the new term starts in September. If you work in education and would like to bring your class then please email us at to enquire and request a booking form.

These will be led by Foxdown’s qualified primary school and forest school teacher Shelley Strawbridge. Visits can include a focus of your choice and relate to EYFS or KS1 curriculum objectives.

Foxdown offers a large, private car park on sit and a small food/snacks kiosk for purchasing refreshments with tables and chairs to sit indoors, as well as many picnic tables around the farm. There are also toilets on site including a disabled access toilet and baby changing facilities.

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